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Worlds Ahead<br />Florida International University<br />2010-2015 Strategic Plan<br />Table of Contents <br /> TOC o "
h z u Florida International University Description PAGEREF _Toc273289759 h 1<br />Core Florida International University Documents PAGEREF _Toc273289760 h 2<br />FIU Mission (Alternative versions for discussion) PAGEREF _Toc273289761 h 2<br />FIU Values2<br />FIU Goals3<br />The Strategic Planning Process PAGEREF _Toc273289765 h 5<br />A Five-Year Plan to Pursue FIU's Mission and Goals PAGEREF _Toc273289766 h 5<br />Applying the Plan to Collaborative Content Areas6<br />The Arts6<br />Environment6<br />Globalization7<br />Health8<br />Applying the Plan to FIU's Infrastructure and Financial Systems8<br />Infrastructure8<br />Finance9<br />Appendix A: 2015 Targets11<br />Worlds Ahead<br />Florida International University<br />2010 – 2015 Strategic Plan<br />Strategic planning is a delicate balance of embracing the best of an institution's identity, leveraging assets to adapt to the times, and making adjustments to prepare for the future. As Florida International University launches its Worlds Ahead strategic plan, it has much to build on, and much to build. In some areas FIU is already an acknowledged leader—worlds ahead. It is proud of its record of service to the diverse South Florida region. Each year FIU graduates more Hispanic students than any other university in the nation. In the past decade it has added two prestigious professional schools—a law school and a medical school—and has expanded its enrollment by 28 percent to accommodate population growth in the South Florida region. In the next five years, it plans to increase enrollment by an additional 25 percent. This striking increase will require FIU to rethink every aspect of its academic enterprise: its approaches to teaching, learning, and research; its student support services; and the size and configuration of its physical and technological infrastructure. <br />As the institution grows, Florida International University has strengths that it can leverage to solidify its position as worlds ahead in key collaborative content areas. Its arts facilities and programs enrich campus life, enhance community involvement, and support its quest for excellence. Its cross-disciplinary strength in environmental fields positions the faculty to propose innovative solutions to local and global environmental problems. Its founding commitment to foster international understanding takes on new meaning as global networks of communication and trade foster unprecedented integration of economies, societies, and cultures. The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the new Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine are the elements it needs to establish an academic health center that will facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to solving health care problems in the region and the nation. <br />In strategic planning, FIU must also respond to some harsh realities. The financial crisis of 2007 had its strongest impact on regions—including South Florida—that had been experiencing the most explosive growth. As a public institution, Florida International University must act as a responsible steward of state resources. As the institution moves from a state-supported to state-assisted funding model, FIU must stabilize and diversify its funding base while ensuring a high-quality and cost-efficient campus environment. The strategic plan will provide FIU with guidelines to make the difficult choices that lie ahead. <br />Florida International University Description<br />Florida International University is a multi-campus public research university offering a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The university has two main campuses, the 344‐acre Modesto A. Maidique campus in western Miami‐Dade County, and the 200‐acre Biscayne Bay Campus in northeast Miami‐Dade County. Through its eleven colleges and schools, FIU offers more than 175 baccalaureate, master's professional, and doctoral degree programs and conducts basic and applied research. Interdisciplinary centers and institutes conduct collaborative research that seek innovative solutions to economic and social problems. With more than 42,000 students, 871 full-time instructional faculty, and over 135,000 alumni, FIU is the largest university in South Florida. <br />Chartered by the Florida Legislature in 1965, Florida International University opened its doors in 1972 to the largest opening-day enrollment in the history of American higher education. Initially a two-year, upper-division school with limited graduate programs, FIU added lower-division classes in 1981 and received authority to begin offering degree programs at the doctoral level in 1984. Ninety‐seven percent of FIU's full‐time tenured or tenure‐track instructional faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree attainable in their fields. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies FIU as a Research University/High Research Activity.<br />Committed to both quality and access, FIU meets the educational needs of traditional students, part-time students, lifelong learners, and the transfer population that it served exclusively when it was founded. Reflecting the vibrant ethnic diversity of South Florida, 75 percent of FIU students are Hispanic, black, or other minorities.<br />Core Florida International University Documents<br />FIU Mission (Alternative versions for discussion)<br />
Florida International University is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. Our mission is to impart knowledge through excellent teaching, discover new knowledge, solve problems through collaborative research, foster creativity, and promote local and global engagement. By leveraging strengths in health, globalization, the environment, and the arts, Florida International University provides leadership for cultural, social, and economic development within the South Florida region, the state, the nation, and the world.
Florida International University is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. Our mission is to impart knowledge through excellent teaching, discover new knowledge, solve problems through collaborative research, foster creativity, and promote local and global engagement.
Florida International University is committed to providing high quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and problem-solving. We leverage strengths in health, globalization, the environment, and the arts to enhance the educational, cultural and economic vitality of South Florida, the state, the nation and the world.
Florida International University is committed to providing high quality student-centered teaching, collaborative research, creative activity, and problem-solving community engagement.
Florida International University is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. We provide high quality teaching, engage in state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and enhance the educational, cultural and economic vitality of our local and global community.
FIU Vision (Alternative versions for discussion)<br />
Florida International University will be a leading student-centered urban public research university that is locally and globally engaged.
Florida International University will be a leading learning-centered urban public research university that is locally and globally engaged.
Florida International University will be a leading urban public research university that provides leadership in local and global engagement.
FIU Values <br />Florida International University is committed to the following core values: <br />
Truth—in the pursuit, generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge
Freedom—of thought and expression
Respect—for diversity and the dignity of the individual
Responsibility—as stewards of the environment and citizens of the world
Excellence—in intellectual, personal, and operational endeavors
FIU Goals<br />Florida International University's goals are: <br />1. To educate undergraduate students:<br />
who become critical thinkers empowered to learn and to integrate their understanding in a variety of areas of knowledge, creativity, and accomplishment;
who possess the intellectual and personal competencies needed to excel in their fields throughout the world
who understand their culture and the cultures of others and appreciate the complexities and diversity of our global society;
who understand and commit to their civic responsibilities.
2. To educate graduate and professional students:<br />
who demonstrate an ability to synthesize knowledge and practice in ways that produce new insights;
who add to the existing body of knowledge in a discipline area;
who understand the obligation of the holders of advanced degrees to apply their knowledge and critical intellectual abilities in an ethical manner.
3. To build a distinguished faculty and staff:<br />
who create a learning environment for students;
who give students a foundation of knowledge and understanding that will lead to success in their chosen fields and their lives;
who give students the habits of mind of life-long learning and responsible global citizenship;
who generate research results and creative contributions recognized both nationally and internationally;
who collaborate with each other and with community leaders to explore creative solutions to local, regional, national, and global problems.
4. To build an excellent student support system<br />
that provides academic, personal, and financial support;
that adopts best practices across all services;
that creates a culture of clear and consistent communication across all internal constituencies.
5. To build an excellent financial base <br />
that maximizes impact by carefully stewarding and enhancing resources;
that applies information technology to enhance and streamline operations;
that encourages external contracts and grants funding;
that expands the university endowment.
6. To build an excellent physical and technological infrastructure<br />
that is student-centered and conducive to learning;
that is appropriate to FIU's size and aspirations to research excellence;
that is accessible and sustainable;
that applies technology efficiently to husband and conserve resources.
To engage the community in ways <br />
that employ the intellectual capital of the university in solving community problems.
that encourage alumni to continue their association with and contribution to the university.
that create affinity for the university through athletic events.
that contribute to the social wellbeing of the community through cultural programming.
that enhance the intellectual development of the community through live long learning opportunities.
The Strategic Planning Process <br />The current cycle of strategic planning at FIU began with the installation of FIU’s fifth president, Mark B. Rosenberg, in 2009. His Hit the Ground Running campaign laid the foundation for a series of conversations on the strategic direction of the university, followed by a formal strategic planning process. <br />The president's first step was to commission four committees charged with identifying major issues and beginning a dialogue with the university community. The focuses of the four committees were the three components of FIU's mission (teaching, research, and engagement), and its operational and financial base. <br />Each committee produced a white paper that defined FIU's current position and described the opportunities that lay ahead. During fall 2009 the president took those white papers to presidential town halls, and held conversations with members of the local community and community leaders. <br />In late fall 2009 the president charged the provost with the formal implementation of the strategic planning process. Together with the president, the provost formed seven committees with representation from faculty, staff, students and community members. Three committees focused on foundations for success at FIU: Finance, Infrastructure, and Student Success. Four committees focused on collaborative content areas in which FIU has strategic strengths: Arts, Environment, Globalization, and Health. <br />In the late summer 2010, each of these committees submitted a draft report to the provost, who was then tasked to create an institutional strategic plan based on the work of the seven committees.<br />A Five-Year Plan to Pursue FIU's Mission and Goals<br />During the next five years, Florida International University will pursue specific initiatives to achieve its mission and goals. <br />
Create new degree programs in fields where FIU has strategic assets.
Enhance learning through undergraduate research, study abroad, and student internships.
Define and communicate expectations for students at each level of their academic progress.
Raise the six-year graduation rate with special emphasis on retention, early identification of appropriate major, and reduction of minority graduation rate disparities.
Develop and expand student-support services, programs, and activities that enhance student achievement.
Enhance quality and impact of research and creative initiatives.
Retain and recruit a world-class faculty.
Expand research funding in fields where FIU has strategic assets and competitive advantage.
Establish multidisciplinary and multi-college centers focused on emerging issues such as bioinformatics.
Facilitate commercialization of FIU research initiatives.
Link research to local economic development and problem-solving.
Engage with the community in collaborative problem solving.
Tie instructional and creative initiatives to local needs and community priorities.
Collaborate with major educational, environmental, arts, health, and community organizations.
Partner in the creation of a public-private high-tech corridor focused on biomedical advances and sustainability.
Enhance the capacity of life-long learning and professional development for national and international participants.
Revitalize and expand FIU's infrastructure and financial base
Build and improve the physical and technological infrastructure.
Improve efficiency, accountability, and compliance and leverage shared services.
Launch a four-front funding offensive: private, state, federal, and local.
Energize, grow, and focus the alumni network around fund-raising and student placement.
Expand need-based financial aid to ensure affordability and access.
Recruit and retain outstanding staff.
Enhance student spirit and alumni affinity through athletics and cultural programming.
Applying the Plan to Collaborative Content Areas<br />In pursuit of its mission and goals, Florida International University will leverage its strengths in four collaborative content areas. Each area offers opportunities for development and the potential to achieve strategic advantages in higher education. Each involves engagement at both the local and global levels.<br />The Arts<br />The creative and academic activities of Florida International University's faculty, curatorial staff, and students in its colleges, schools, and museums make FIU a leader in the arts and are a strategic asset for FIU. FIU's arts facilities and programs enrich campus life, enhance community involvement, and support FIU's quest for excellence. Concerts, exhibitions, performances, and public lectures enrich the cultural life of FIU's students, faculty, and staff, and the South Florida community, both on campus and off. <br />FIU’s two museums, the Frost Art Museum and The Wolfsonian-FIU, and its outstanding academic programs in music, art, and theater offer unique academic and professional experiences. FIU's location in the diverse, cosmopolitan South Florida region creates opportunities for the FIU community to explore and appreciate different artistic and cultural traditions and modes of artistic expression, recognize the interplay of culture and artistic expression, and celebrate diversity. <br />To leverage FIU's strength in the arts, in the next five years FIU will make strategic investments in the following initiatives:<br />
Maximize local, national, and international opportunities to showcase FIU through the arts.
Develop partnerships to strengthen the role of the arts in the Miami-Dade public schools.
Develop and strengthen partnerships with local, national, and international arts and cultural organizations.
Create new degree programs to attract new students and ensure competitiveness of graduates in arts fields.
Provide funding for the arts through the Capital Campaign and continuing Annual Campaigns funding.
Environment<br />Florida International University has a history of excellence in research, education, and engagement in environmental fields. Its environmental expertise is a strategic asset that enhances FIU's reputation and generates substantial research funding. Development of FIU's strength in environmental fields will ensure that its students are trained for jobs in the new green economy, and will establish FIU as a leader in understanding the dynamics of environmental systems and in developing solutions to environmental challenges locally, nationally, and around the world . <br />Environmental knowledge is intrinsically interdisciplinary. It relies on basic and applied sciences to explain the dynamics of environmental processes; planning and management disciplines to develop and implement effective and efficient improvement models; and the humanities to clarify values and attitudes toward the environment. As Miami’s only public research university, FIU is committed to providing the intellectual leadership needed to create a sustainable future for the South Florida region, and to make significant contributions in the environmental arena globally.<br />To leverage FIU's strength in environmental fields, in the next five years FIU will make strategic investments in the following initiatives:<br />
Develop environmental research and teaching capacity at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus to serve as a focus for the College of Arts and Sciences on that campus and for interdisciplinary environmental research at FIU.
Invest in hires and infrastructure to enhance environmental research capacity and impact.
Enhance interactions with management agencies, K-12 institutions, and the public.
Modify the First Year Experience course to ensure that undergraduate students have a basic understanding of environmental issues from local to global scales.
Create new undergraduate degree programs to attract new students and ensure competitiveness of graduates in environmental fields.
Develop new interdisciplinary graduate degrees in environmental science, policy, and management to enhance interdisciplinary graduate training in environmental fields.
Create an Office for Sustainability to enhance FIU’s environmental stewardship and develop plans to adapt to climate change.
Globalization<br />Florida International University's founding mission to foster international understanding takes on new meaning in the twenty-first century age of globalization, as networks of communication and trade foster unprecedented integration of economies, societies, and cultures. FIU's efforts in the international sphere are supported by its geographic location; the cultural and ethnic diversity of the South Florida community; the continued globalization of regional and national economies; and Florida's desire to be a global leader in economic development in the twenty-first century. Its commitment to fostering an interdisciplinary, global perspective is a strategic asset that will ensure that FIU students will be prepared for jobs in the global economy. <br />FIU's commitment to global learning prompted the choice of "
Global Learning for Global Citizenship"
as the topic of its 2010 quality enhancement plan, which was prepared as a condition of reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Beginning in fall 2011, global learning courses will be a graduation requirement for every FIU undergraduate. <br />To leverage FIU's strength in interdisciplinary global study and research, in the next five years FIU will make strategic investments in the following initiatives:<br />
Create interdisciplinary programs with a global focus.
Support and strengthen the QEP, "Global Learning for Global Citizenship."
Enroll more international students.
Encourage interdisciplinary research on global issues such as disaster mitigation, security and governance.
Invest in faculty hires with a global focus.
Expand collaborative research with universities around the globe.
Expand and strengthen FIU’s engagement with local, national, and international communities.
Seek global partnerships to expand the financial base.
Health <br />As Miami’s only public research university, FIU is committed to addressing the health challenges that face the South Florida region. Even before the founding of FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in 2009, Florida International University had carved out a niche in educating health professionals and in conducting research in health fields. By embedding engagement activities with teaching and research, FIU provides its students with unique learning opportunities and improves health care in the South Florida region. <br />Health research is a fertile area for contract research funding, which will bolster FIU's financial standing and increase its national visibility. FIU's strength in health fields is a strategic asset that provides invaluable service to the South Florida region, while being a national and international model in integrated health care education. <br />To leverage FIU's strength in health care instruction and research, in the next five years FIU will make strategic investments in the following initiatives:<br />
Develop an academic health center to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.
Invest in faculty hires in health fields in which FIU has existing strengths such as HIV/AIDS, child-adolescent and family behavioral health, substance use, abuse and dependence.
Modify undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula to enhance interdisciplinary teaching, research, and engagement opportunities for students, creating a new approach to health-related education.
Create new degree programs to attract new students and ensure competitiveness of graduates in health fields.
Enhance both the amount and visibility of health-related research.
Increase involvement of students, faculty and staff in community engagement focused on health needs.
Strengthen partnerships with local and global community and governmental agencies, public entities, hospitals, health care and social service agencies/providers.
Develop training opportunities in health for local and international professionals.
Applying the Plan to FIU's Infrastructure and Financial Systems<br />In support of its mission and goals, Florida International University will improve its physical, technological, and student-support infrastructure, and will stabilize and diversify its financial base.<br />Infrastructure<br />Florida International University's infrastructure encompasses its physical facilities, its technological infrastructure, and a diverse set of programs, services, and activities that support teaching and learning, student life, and interactions between the university and the South Florida community.<br />As of 2010, the university was operating and maintaining 120 permanent buildings encompassing over 7 million gross square feet on five sites in Miami-Dade County. Projects to be completed within the next five years will add 0.4 million gross square feet. The growth of the university’s physical infrastructure is guided by the BOT-approved FIU master plan, which is updated every five years through a process that includes input from the diverse constituents of the university. Most of FIU's facility expansions are approved and funded by the state’s Public Education Capital Outlay program. The university also solicits private donations and is allowed to issue bonds to finance the construction of new buildings. <br />The university infrastructure promotes campus life by supporting student housing facilities, dining facilities, retail outlets, two student health and wellness centers, a learning center, two student unions, two recreation centers, outdoor recreation facilities, athletic facilities (including an indoor arena and a football stadium), an aquatics center (BBC), and parking garages with over 4,800 spaces.<br />Despite limited financial resources, FIU's infrastructure must grow to provide services for FIU's changing and growing student population, especially in the areas of residential life, public safety, disability resources, international student services, health care, counseling, and childcare. To accomplish this, it must streamline internal processes to increase the efficiency, and remove obstacles that impede operations—especially in areas that directly impact faculty productivity and student learning. <br />To ensure that the quality of learning and the student experience are maintained as FIU grows, over the next five years FIU will revitalize, revamp, and strategically expand its physical and technological infrastructure and enhance its student-support services by making strategic investments in the following initiatives:<br />
Expand housing and student-service facilities to accommodate enrollment growth and foster student success.
Design and develop an adaptable classroom infrastructure aligned with teaching methods.
Design and develop flexible spaces for students to congregate, study, practice, exhibit, and perform.
Develop a central communication strategy to deliver key messages and announce events to the campus community and beyond.
Promote a user-driven service approach for all administrative processes.
Integrate technology into every facet of FIU's operational structure.
Establish a comprehensive approach to risk mitigation.
Develop parking, transportation, and sustainable access solutions.
Encourage pedestrian traffic by building protected walkways, installing benches, and improving signage.
Adopt flexible and sustainable design criteria to minimize capital improvements and maintenance.
Finance<br />Over the last decade, state funding to support Florida's educational and research objectives has been reduced by almost 25 percent. The decline in state support was well underway even before the recent nationwide financial crisis, which has been particularly severe in high-growth regions of the country like Florida. The percentage of FIU's total operating budget funded from Florida's general revenue and lottery appropriations has dropped from 44 percent in 2000-2001 to 28 percent in 2009-2010, effectively changing FIU's funding model from state supported to state assisted. <br />To prosper as a state-assisted institution, FIU must stabilize and diversify its financial base by aggressively pursuing new revenue streams from multiple sources, including state, federal, and local governments; tuition revenues; private gifts; funded research; and other enterprise functions. Diversification of funding sources is a way to stabilize FIU's financial systems by freeing them from large, cyclical variations tied to economic expansions and contractions. An additional way to stabilize the financial base is to pursue internal cost-saving strategies, including improving institutional efficiency, accountability, and shared services. <br />To diversify and stabilize FIU's financial base, in the next five years FIU will revitalize and expand its financial base by making strategic investments in the following initiatives:<br />
Launch a $750 million capital campaign that engages the alumni base and aligns donors with institutional needs.
Increase tuition revenues by expanding enrollment by 25 percent (2,000 students per year); increasing the percentage of non-resident and graduate students; and increasing offerings of online, market-based, and non-credit programs.
Introduce tuition pricing flexibility for different kinds of academic programs based on real costs of program delivery and student demand.
Draw on FIU's strengths, location, constituency, and access to specific populations to maximize research efforts, commercialization, and intellectual property transfers.
Align FIU's strategic priorities with state, federal, and local funding opportunities.
Increase contract and grants activity by providing additional support for principal investigators.
Improve operational efficiency by encouraging shared platforms, resources, and best practices across colleges and units.
Expand the FIU Healthcare Network of the Academic Health Center to generate revenue through service lines including the onsite faculty group practice for employees and students, the ambulatory care center, and practice-management services.
Generate licensing revenue by expanding the FIU Research Foundation to provide the necessary framework to assist in the creation of new enterprises
Appendix A: 2015 Targets<br />Student body <br />Total Enrollment – Grow by 2,000 students per year<br />TargetCurrent<br />52,000 42,320 <br />Enrollment by level – Gradual shift to a higher percentage of graduate and first professional students<br />TargetCurrent<br />Undergraduate 40,560 [78%]80.3%<br />Graduate10,400 [20%]18.1%<br />First professional 1,040 [2%]1.6%<br />Full-time/part-time students – Graduate shift to a higher percentage of full-time students<br />TargetCurrent<br />Full-timePart-time<br />Lower Division78%22%76% and 24%<br />Upper Division58%42%56% and 44%<br />Grad 158%42%56% and 44%<br />Grad 262%38%59% and 41%<br />Instructional delivery mode – increase in online with reductions in both face to face and hybrid<br />TargetCurrent<br />Face to face75%78.4%<br />Fully online20%13.7%<br />Hybrid delivery5%8.0%<br />Resident/nonresident students – maintain current mix of resident and nonresident students<br />TargetCurrent<br />Florida resident46,800 [90%]90%<br />Florida nonresident 5,200 [10%]10%<br />Housing – add one more residence hall<br />TargetCurrent<br />Commuter student48,200 [93.0%] 93%<br />Housing student3,800 [7.0%]7%<br />Degrees Awarded –based on enrollment growth and projected retention and graduation<br />Growth in professional doctorates primarily due to new DNP and DPT degrees<br />TargetCurrent<br />Baccalaureate 7,3085,663<br />Master’s & Specialist 2,8742,255<br />Research doctorates 177127<br />Professional doctorates 303123<br />Graduation Rates – Increase both FTIC and AA Transfer graduation rates<br />TargetCurrent<br />FTIC – 6 Year48%44.8%<br />AA Transfer – 4 Year65%60.7%<br />Faculty<br />Full-time and part-time –Grow faculty commensurate with enrollment growth to maintain student-<br />faculty ratio.<br />TargetCurrent<br />Full-time Faculty <br />(Tenured/Tenure Earning/Instructor)1065 871<br />Part-time Faculty997683<br />Ratios – Maintain current student/faculty ratio; improve student/advisor ratio to national norm<br />TargetCurrent<br />Student/faculty 27:1 27:1<br />Student/advisor300:1555:1<br />Research <br />Increase total by 36% with faster growth in Federal<br />TargetCurrent<br />Federal Academic R & D Expenditures$87,000,000$60,239,000<br />Total Academic R & D Expenditure$143,000,000$105,000,000<br />